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. >>> we turn to afghanistan, where we are getting our first look tonight at grizzly new images from inside that luxury hotel in kabul, swarmed by suicide bombers who went on that deadly attack. in an abc news exclusive, nick schifrin tonight takes us inside. >> reporter: abc news filmed the first images from inside the intercontinental. the attackers blew themselves up in bedrooms, in stairwells, in the hallway. the top floor, completely destroyed by fire. on the roof, a massive firefight. the attackers brought bags full of red bull and water so they could fight for hours. for the first time, a senior afghan police official admitted to abc news that his men wouldn't have retaken the hotel without the help of these nato special forces. later this month, afghan forces are supposed to take responsibility for security in parts of the country. but their response to this attack raises questions about whether they're ready. nick schifrin, abc news, kabul. >> nick, our thanks to you. >>> and it's those images that haha authorities on high alert this fourth. combine that with documents found inside
are remembering the true meaning of independence day. ♪ >> the soldiers in the southeastern corner of afghanistan took part in a flag-raising ceremony. they were sent to afghanistan as part of president obama's troop surge. >>> the sacrifice so many have made in the fight for freedom a stark indication this morning that more americans are unaware of the very origins of this holiday. listen to this. a new poll finds that 42% of americans don't know the u.s. declared independence, 1776, folks, and 24% don't know that we declared independence from the british. >> come on. >> i categorically cannot accept that. >> there you go. >> unbelievable. >>> unbelievable. although this is of course, independence day, fourth of july. we're desperate for one day of great weather. we turn to you, stephanie roberts in today for sam. for the very latest. stephanie. >> good morning. no pressures, since you have to deliver a good fireworks forecast to the nation. yesterday, some very rough weather. moving through the d.c. area. in fact, one fatality from a tree falling on a man riding his bike. you can see folks evac
a bureaucratic one. crystal nicely's husband was hit by an ied last year during foot patrol in afghanistan. >> what is upsetting is the lack of support, compassion and benefits for these individuals. it needs to be just a little bit easier. >> reporter: crystal's husband is marine corporal todd nicely. he lost all of his arms and legs in the ied attack. he is one of only three surviving quadruple amputees from the iraq and afghanistan wars. >> you would think that it would be easy for someone to lose hope and motivation after such a catastrophic injury. but my husband has been a fig fightfigh fighter since day one. >> reporter: nicely says she's often fighting red tape. like filling out the samam form over and over again. >> to continually reapply to keep serving as a nonmedical attendant feels as though i am being judged on my level ofare for todd. >> reporter: nicely thanked senator murray for helping her get care for her husband. >> it should not take me talking to a united states senator to help my husband. >> reporter: washington politicians are currently fighting over the debt ceilin
and be a muslim. >> reporter: 21-year-old naser abdo didn't want to fight in afghanistan but sources say he was more than willing to cause bloodshed at home. after being arrested, he told officers he wanted to "get even" with the military and chose ft. hood because of the 2009 attack here, where major nidal hassan allegedly killed 13 and wounded 30. he told them to set off two bombs then shoot any survivirs. police say the attack was imminent. >> we would probably be here today giving you a different briefs had he not been stopd. >> reporter: gg ebert is the man who stopped him. a former marine and police officer who works at this killeen gun store. he got suspicious when abdo arrived in a cab on tuesday, then bought six pounds of gun powder, three boxes of shotgun ammunition, and a magazine for a semiautomatic pistol. he paid $250 in cash. >> when someone comes into a business like this and doesn't know what he's buying, i'd be concerned about that. and was. i'm not bashful at all to point a finger and say, there's something wrong with this guy. >> reporter: concerned enough to call police
bell. >>> well, a marine serving in afghanistan just proves that all you have to do is ask and you shall receive. >> you just never know. sergeant scott moore posted a youtube invited "black swan" star mila kunis to attend. with the urging of his co-star justin timberlake she said yes. >> worthy date. i think that's great. >>> coming up next the stories we'll follow later on today from the friends and dig thatties who say good-bye to betty ford. >>> to the momentous task of the "atlantis" astronauts. we'll be right back. to deal with the sadness, the loss of interest, the lack of energy. male announcer ] ask your doctor about pristiq -- a prescription medicine proven to treat depression. pristiq is thought to work by affecting the levels of two chemicals in the brain -- serotonin and norepinephrine. tell your doctor right away if your depression worsens or you have unusual changes in mood, behavior, or thoughts of suicide. anti-depressants can increase suicidal thoughts and behaviors in children, teens, and young adults. pristiq is not approved for children under 18. do not take pr
significantly. imagine this, half a world away in afghanistan, u.s. soldiers today, meeting with their chief, chairman of the joint chiefs mike mullen, asked, will we get paid? and he was forced to say, i but beyond that, america's international friends and, indeed, its friendemies, are concerned. they say, it is damaging. they call it irresponsible what's happening in washington. especially china, which holds the most u.s. debt. it's calling for a resolution to this. and a key investment manager says to me, that the rest of the world is stunned, bewildered, more than a little worried. and that the damage has already being done. it's more than a flesh wound. >> always fun to hear the word friendemy on the evening news. christiane, let me just pick up on the last thing you said there. do you really think that even if a deal is done and they beat the clock, that real damage has been done in a lasting way? >> well, look. this is what people there are saying. that the level of this acrimony, the level of the paralysis, the partisanship here, has sent a discouraging signal about america's ability
corner of afghanistan. they took part in a flag-raising ceremony complete with a military band to observe the fourth of july holiday, independence day. very nice. >>> taking a look at your all-important weather, this becomes very important. we have barbecues to talk about. can't have rain on the barbecue. severe storms are possible in the dakotas and parts of minnesota. there also could be flooding rains in missouri, maryland, and arkansas. firefighters in the desert southwest could get some help from monsoon rains. it always rained in seattle when i was growing up on the fourth. >> we should say folks in texas, it's very dry, looking for some rain. in colorado, northern texas, 10 degrees warmer than usual. seattle, seasonable in the mid-70s. chicago, detroit, minneapolis, mid-80s. i can deal with that. >> that sounds pretty good. >>> the calendar says it is the 4th but the scene on washington state's crystal mountain is confusing because record snowfall has extended the skiing and snowboarding season. >> hundreds of people are expected to hit the slopes over the holiday weekend. it's a s
. general david petraeus hands over nato command in afghanistan this morning to his replacement, lieutenant general john allen. petraeus leaves the region >>> general motors announcing a $300 million investment today, bringing encouraging news to michigan's auto industry. the money could go into a full-size truck factory in flint. >>> this morning's rush hour should be normal in los angeles. a bridge removal project along the infamous 405 freeway was completed sooner than expected over the weekend. shocking. >> was that much ado about nothing? >> yes. >> really, everyone just kind of went nutty on this whole thing. >> but they did so much media coverage beforehand, i think that's what saved them. >> good preparations. >>> for his final act harry potter pulled off one of the greatest tricks yet. he turned everything he touched into gold. >> the final movie in the franchise took in a record $168 million in the u.s. this weekend. here's t.j. winick with the story. >> you're a wizard, harry. >> reporter: ten years. eight films. $6 billion in ticket sales. harry potter has cast a spell over an e
by a fallen seasonal's family. they knew he adopted a stray dog in afghanistan. how they located the pup and flew her to their hometown, sight unseen. this is a wonderful story about a man's best friend. >> dedication to dogs and pets in our lives, which many people really think is worthwhile. incredible partners. >> and how important they are for soldiers and service people serving overseas. they really develop this tight bond with their pets. >> i think a very few of us can really understand. great story comingngp there. >>> first, tea party favorite michele bachmann has zoomed to the top of the polls as she campaigns for president in iowa. >> but there are questions about how the counseling center she and her husband run back in minnesota are run. an outside group took undercover video inside the center after bachmann's husband denied he tries to cure gay people. abc correspondent brian ross has details. >> reporter: michele bachmhmn tells supporters her husband marcus has been the key to her 33 years of happy marriage. >> i have a very big advantage because marcus has his ph.d. in co
wolf case. sources tell me be a dobe was angry about the u.s. wars in afghanistan and iraq and was heading to ft. hood to get revenge. we're told that abdo had been under investigation for months. apparently he initially came under suspicion after he was allegedly overheard making radical statements. military officials started looking at his background and eventually came across child pornography so his computer. abdo facing those charges in a court-martial disappeared on the fourth of july. in addition to the bomb-making materials in that texas hotel, police discovered jihadist material. as the investigation continues, the fbi wants to know did abdo become a ticking time bomb on his own or did someone encourage him? rob and tanya? >> all right, pierre thomas. >>> norway's police now believe last friday's mass murders were carried out by a lone wolf attacker. since killing 76 people in that bombing and shooting massacre, anders breivik has said he is part of a network of people plotting against multi-cultural europe. but authorities now say he acted alone last week and he k
and afghanistan. >> it as $2.7 trillion increase in the debt ceiling with highly suspect spending reduction features. >> reporter: with a week to go until the august 2nd deadline when the government runs out of money, this exercise in capital brinksmanship is literally spending the treasury down to its last dollars. >> we've been hearing for weeks about this augusted 2 deadline but apparently the feds may have this extra cash. the government could pay its bills past august 2nd but still it doesn't really make this any less intense. >> thanks to a little number crunching by the treasury department, there does seem to be a little leeway. it still needs to get done. >> some deal hopefully in the works, we'll see. >>> one side effect of the big debt battle believe it or not is an increase in airline fares. they were put in place last weekend to make up for taxes that expired because washington just can't get its act together with anger over the increases now growing, some senators are demanding that airlines either roll them back or use the money to support aviation projects. keep in mind if yo
on a trip to afghanistan. >> now is the moment, now is the moment following what happened with bin laden, to put maximum pressure on them. because i do believe that if we continue this effort, that we can really triple al qaeda, as a threat to this country. >> it's such an interesting statement, christiane, because for so many years, some people argue that defeating a decentralized group like al qaeda was eslings impossible. what's your take on this declaration on potential imminent defeat? >> well, he did say if we continue this route. i think that's clear. obviously, al qaeda is spread out to the arabian peninsula, pakistan areas, and the rest. but it's about continuing this route. many people are concerned if there's a withdrawal of u.s. troops they shouldn't be too dramatic or swift to withdraw before al qaeda and taliban are defeated. >> christiane, i appreciate your analysis. i want to remind everybody, be sure to watch christiane a little later this morning on "this week." she has exclusive interview with white house chief of staff bill daley. bianna, over to you. >> not too far f
. in the news, the country's highest ranking military officer is in afghanistan promoting president obama's order to withdraw troops. admiral mike mullin said drawing down the troops can be done without risk. >>> and the first trees donated by the september 11th memorial have been planted where flight 93 crashed in pennsylvania. all 40 trees will be planted, one for each victim on that flight. >>> a mississippi man, this is a weird one. was arrested for letting his 8-year-old son drive, while he, the father, was asleep, allegedly drunk in the passenger seat. state troopers were called when they saw the pickup driving air radically. the man's 4-year-old daughter was also in the car. >> and finally, some penguins at the san francisco zoo have rejojoed their colony after graduating from fish school, fish school. the penguins spent the past month learning how to swim and interact with people. it's time for the weather and casey curry from the abc 13 station in houston, casey. >> good morning, ron. we'll talk quickly about the tropics. yesterday it was about tropical storm don. don is gone, bu
in afghanistan, general john allen took charge of the american troops in the country. taking over for general david petraeus who is set to run the cia. three more troops were killed today. >>> and now, to the j jilation in japan, sure we were all saddened by the u.s. losing in a penalty shootout. if any nation deserves to feel the pride of such a momentous win, it's japan. >> reporter: we're out here in one of the busiest districts in tokyo. all day we have been hearing spontaneo spontaneous chants of japan. since the earthquake and tsunsti killed 25,000 people, japan finally has reason to celebrate. for the players, this was much more than a soccer game. along the tsunami-ravaged coast, re renew of hopes. fans celebrated in the streets. some were just too emotional to speak. team captain homare sawa's hometown elation. her elementary school coach said that i have no words. players viewed images of the disaster before each game and after every victory, carried a banner thanking the world for their support. today it was the evac wees in the tsunami zone thanking the players, saying that this t
. >>> overseas now, despite reports of major progress by american forces in afghanistan, there's new evidence that the war is more violent than ever. the u.n. says that civilian deaths are up 15% this year compared to last year's record high. it comes just as the u.s. hands over more security duties to afghan forces. >>> and former first lady betty ford will be laid to rest today alongside her husband at his presidential museum in michigan. thousands gathered to pay their final respects wednesday after ford's casket arrived from california. >>> and the theater where david letterman tapes his show has been vandalized for a second time this week. a florida man was arrested overnight accused of shattering glass on the front doors of the ed sullivan theater. another man was picked up sunday after doing essentially the same thing breaking several of the same windows in an admittedly drunken rampage. now diane sawyer with a preview of tonight's "world news." diane? >> and hello again, josh. hope it's a great week so far. tonight, we are going to crown one of our viewers a made in market all-star. j
in may 2008. afghanistan, his seventh tour of duty. these pictures from before he found out what he was made of. with the true sign of that today being a ceremony, a certain discomfort at the attention. >> to be singled out is very humbling. >> reporter: perhaps, yes, for a kid who used to get into fights and who almost failed in high school. but who out there picked up a live enemy grenade to toss it away to save his comrades. it cost him his right hand. but he's alive, rare for medal of honor winners who usually are honored posthumously. but there's also this. leroy petrie decided he's not done. and when he reenlisted he took the oath with his right hand. his new one. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> you know the med of a of honor was given yesterday on the award's 149th anniversary. president lincoln signed the medal of honor act in 1862. >> also he's now been assigned to a military base near tacoma, washington, where he's going to help other war veterans as well to transition back into everyday civilian life which is really difficult for a lot of veterans. >> still keeps on
from afghanistan and iraq. an incredible story. >> incredible to watch. >>> more of diane sawyer's amazing interview of jaycee dugard. what a remarkable and resilient young woman she is and you're going to see more and hear from her. >> the strength and serenity she displays in the interview is incredible. >>> more on casey anthony. we learned her sentence was extended by four more days. the latest on that and the latest on these emergency negotiations in washington to try to prevent the united states going into default. the president called them into a rare session and the changes they're talking about could affect every single american. >> in dramatic ways. >>> first with josh elliott with more on the top stories including this horrible story in the ballpark in texas, george and i were watching the videotape. >> it is horrifying. we do begin with that ballpark tragedy. it seems we've seen it too many times to count. fans leaping interest their seats leaning over railings in desperate purr suit of a fouou ball, the most american of souvenirs. this time one fan went too far and f
refuse to go to afghanistan because it was against my islamic conditions. >> reporter: he wanted out but military investigators say they found child pornography on his government computer so on the fourth of july, abdo went awol from ft. campbell, kentucky and they believe he came to ft. hood to stage an attack similar to major nidal hasan's in 2009 that killed 13 and wounded 30. abc news learned he told investigators he wanted to get even with the military. that he planned not to attack the post but a nearby restaurant popular with soldiers. he told investigators he planned to detonate two bombs there, then shoot any survivors. >> it seemed like he was, up to nothing. >> reporter: his plan unraveled shortly after he got out of mark smith's cab at that gun shop. greg ebert sold him the ammunition and gunpowder but got suspicious when he paid $250 in cash. >> we made a decision to call the police and fortunately it worked out well. >> reporter: officers tracked young soldier to this nearby hotel. in his room, all of that ammo, a pistol, the components to make two bombs and a backpack
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